FACT #1 Did you know that in 2012 the median pay for a photographer was $13.70 per hour!
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Photographers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and communication/photographers.htm (visited August 20, 2014).
TIP #1 Don't think about the money.
Starting out it's important to focus on getting better and shooting. I know it's tempting to spend hours on your "portfolio" website and making it look like your a "pro" when you're not (I did this by the way), but when it comes down to it your struggles and process of "becoming is what shows others your level of professionalism and why they should you money for a photo shoot over the next "average Joe" photographer.
FACT #2 236,100 are uploaded every minute on Facebook and Instagram. (Gizmodo)
TIP #2 Your photos better get people's attention. Make and post original, consistent photos that make people think. Be original, simple and surprising! During my graduate program I had an instructor in one of my photography classes say "the world doesn't need more photographers , it needs more people who pay attention".